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Father of Slumdog kid arrested
Published on 21 Apr. 2009 11:42 PM IST
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Slumdog Millionaire’s Rubina Ali is in the news again. But this time the news is not good. The girl’s father, Rafiq Qureshi has been arrested for allegedly trying to sell his daughter for 200,000 pounds. He was arrested after a complaint was filed by Rubina’s biological mother, Khurshida. The 36-year-old man’s ex-wife claimed that she was aware of the matter two weeks ago. She alleged that Rubina, who plays young Latika in Slumdog, was being sold off to a sheikh in Dubai [Images]. Based on the complaint, the police took Qureshi for questioning. They are also trying to get the video recordings of the meeting at which the deal was supposedly brokered. Terming her ex-husband and his new wife Mina as “money-crazy”, Khurshida said the two were desperate to cash-in on the nine-year-old’s fame. Rafiq, however has denied the allegations. Even his daughter has expressed her desire to remain with her dad. A spectacular catfight between the mother and stepmother of Slumdog Millionaire star Rubina Ali has been caught on camera. Tearing at each other’s hair and slapping each other across the face, the two women traded blows - watched by Rubina - in the middle of Mumbai’s Garib Nagar slums as neighbours watched on Monday. The bitter fight over custody of Rubina - who was abandoned as a baby by her mother and raised by father Rafiq Qureshi and stepmother Munni - started after reports that Qureshi tried to ‘sell’ his daughter. Holding the girl’s stepmother by the scruff of the neck and repeatedly slapping her, Rubina’s mother Khushi screamed: ‘You treacherous b*tch, give my daughter back.’ Neighbours said Khushi had rushed to grab her share of the money her ex-husband was about to make, after allegations he had agreed to sell Rubina appeared in the News of the World. The fight was the second between the two women, who first came to blows after Rubina returned from the Oscars. Khushi said: ‘My husband must have hidden Rubina. I am sure that they want to sell my daughter. They want to bank on her stardom, and that’s why they wanted her custody.’ After seeing Munni talking to reporters, Khushi launched a verbal attack, accusing Munni of using black magic to control Rubina. As neighbours rushed to break up the catfight, an outnumbered Khushi grabbed a wooden stick and again attacked her rival. With tears rolling down her face, Rubina’s stepmother said: ‘Khushi has been after Rubina since the time she went to the Oscars. For seven years before that, she didn’t care.

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